Unfortunately for us, there were no new commits this week. However, there was some movement, so there's still things to discuss! Before we get into all that though, I'm going to give a quick plug to one of my best friends from home, Keith Hurtt. He just came out with a CD the other day, and while it's not available on iTunes yet, I wanted to give ya'll a quick preview of it (FYI though, the lyrics are NSFW). For anyone reading this who currently attends Penn State, or lives around there, if you like this preview and want a CD (Only 5 Bucks!), let me know, and I can bring some back to school in early August.
Okay, shameless plug for Keith and Chuck (his producer), over. Now here's your Office clip, and let's talk some crootin'!
If you haven't heard by now, Zayd Issah was charged with aggravated assault over Arts Fest weekend. O'Brien was quoted at the time as saying, "If that is true, he certainly won't be part of the team," in speaking with ESPN. Zayd recently participated in the Big 33 game this year, and had a great game. It is disappointing that Penn State fans will most likely never get a chance to see his talent put to the test at Beaver Stadium. Zayd has all the talent in the world, he just needs some help in other aspects of his life right now. This is a very sad development for Issah, and while it would seem that his chance to be a part of Penn State history has passed, we all hope that he eventually can earn his way into getting a chance with another school. Good luck, Zayd.
Wangler Earns All-America Game Invite
Jared Wangler earned an invitation to the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game for 2014, during this past week. He will be joining Penn State commits, De'Andre Thompkins and Chris Godwin at the game. When I asked Jared if he was excited to play with them, he told me that he couldn't wait, and it was going to be awesome. Being the curious soul that I am, I also asked him if the selection committee gave any reasoning behind his selection, and he told me that after going over a lot of his film, they just felt like they couldn't exclude him. Wangler's reputation is continuing to grow across the country with coaches and scouting departments alike. While he continues to garner interest from big schools such as LSU, he remains a very firm Penn State commit. Can't wait to have you here, Jared.
New ESPN 300 Ratings for 2015
Many of Penn State's main targets for the 2015 class made the cut in the ESPN Junior 300. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Sterling Jenkins, Ricky DeBerry, Jerome Baker Jr., Tristen Hoge, Ryan Bates, T.J. Wheatley Jr., Darius Fullwood, Matt Burell Jr., and Jordan Whitehead all find themselves firmly inside the top 300. O'Brien and the staff are not messing around with their recruiting efforts as well, going after some true, hard to match talent. Of the above listed, Fitzpatrick, Jenkins, DeBerry, Bates, and Fullwood all speak about Penn State as one of their top (if not, the top) schools. Hoge, Baker, and Whitehead also have strong interest, but I expect will end up elsewhere. Jerome Baker, however, is going to be one of the more interesting recruiting battles to watch. It is expected to come down to OSU and PSU. He hails from Cleveland, so he has been considered a near-lock to join Urban's squad. However, through an interview on ESPN ($), despite growing up in Ohio, Baker has always been more of a Penn State fan. We're getting a little taste of an O'Brien v. Meyer recruiting battle right now with Gesicki, but I think the #BattleForBaker will be even more entertaining. As always, I will keep you updated on all of these future prospects.
This week for the big board, instead of Dodgeball quotes for finished positions, I'm going to use Talladega Nights quotes! Get pumped.
Penn State Recruiting Class of 2014 Big Board
Current Commitments: 13
Overall Big Board of 2014 Recruits
This board will be a ranking of the remaining recruits based on my opinion of who the staff desires most. It will not take into account the likelihood of their commitment.
1. Dravon Henry
2. Thomas Holley
3. Montae Nicholson
4. Alex Bookser
5. Ricky Walker
6. Mike Gesicki
7. Derrick Nnadi
8. Malik Hooker
9. Qadree Ollison
Class of 2015 (And Beyond) Updates
Names will be followed by Year, Position, High School, and Star Rating According to 247Sports.
Tristen Hoge (2015) (OL) (Highland (ID)) (4*)- Hoge picked up an offer from LSU since we last spoke- Has a basic top 3 of PSU, ND, and LSU, but ND looks to be the leader
Ryan Bates (2015) (OL) (Archbishop Wood (PA)) (4*)- Planning on visiting PSU for a 3rd time soon- Holds the Lions in very high regards- Also has visited schools down south recently ($)
Andre Robinson (2015) (RB) (Bishop McDevitt (PA)) (4*)- Says PSU and Pitt are recruiting him the hardest- Has 7 offers already, planning on taking lots of visits in the fall- PSU in his top group right now ($)
Matt Burrell, Jr. (2015) (OL) (Chancellor (VA)) (4*)- Recently named a top group that didn't include PSU- Still waiting for offers from others down South- Seems Penn State has a lot of work to do if they desire Burrell's services
Richie Petitbon (2015) (OL) (Gonzaga (DC)) (UR on 247)- Richie picked up a huge offer from Alabama a few days ago- Haven't been able to contact him to talk about it yet, but when I do, you'll know
Since no one had any questions for the Recruiting Mailbag in the comments last time, we'll take a week off from that section here. For those wondering where the scholarship matrix is, I'm working on it. I've been insanely busy since the last Roundup, but I should hopefully have it done by the end of this week. Also, for those waiting for the Run-On rundown I promised, I also hope to have that done soon, so keep your eyes open.
Finally, we all wonder what our recruiting classes would be looking like nowadays without sanctions. Well David Williams (2013, 4* RB out of Imhotep (PA)) helps shed some light on his personal situation (He was once considered a heavy Penn State lean).
If Penn state wasn't under sanctions how much of a difference would it have made? — I would of been their http://t.co/JoWmAj897P— Dave Williams (@D_will33) July 15, 2013
So there's that. Getting Williams would have been a great pick up, but it just wasn't meant to be. We wish him the best of luck as he gets set to begin his first year down at South Carolina. Sorry that this Roundup didn't have quite the same beef as the last, it's a combination of the last one coming on the heels of a few major events, and this one being just a slow week for all the targets. Hopefully we'll see some movement in the next 2 weeks! This week, I send you off with this tweet. Praise Yeezus.
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